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Mechanical Engineer | Cumbria | Flexible Working
Cumbria | Flexible Working
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Job Description

Nuclear Waste Services has a vacancy for a Mechanical Engineer to join its busy team, flexible working at our LLWR Repository site in Cumbria

As a Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for delivering and reviewing the Mechanical Engineering work (specification, calculation, analysis, design, verification or assessment), and to support the Mechanical Responsible Engineer, Programme and Project Managers.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Lifting Appliance Engineer – discharging LLWR’s statutory duties under the Lifting- Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) as regards maintenance, examination and introduction into service of lifting equipment
  • System Engineer for all lifting equipment and accessories
  • Pressure Systems Engineer – discharging LLWR’s statutory duties under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR); ensuring statutory inspections are conducted by a competent person and maintaining engineering oversight of pressure systems
  • Appointed Crane Engineer – whose duties include reviewing crane proposals produced by NWS and contractors to ensure that all lifts are planned by the Contractor and approved by NWS before work starts; and for high hazard and impacts crane/lifting operations, setting up and managing (with the Head of Engineering as the chair) Crane Review Panels
  • Support the mechanical responsible engineer in reviewing designs, including drawings and calculations
  • Produce internal (low complexity) designs and/or specifications for plant operations support, infrastructure renewals, plant modifications or for configuration management purposes, and carry out design reviews on these designs
  • Review Plant Modification Proposals (PMPs) to understand any impacts from the change/modification on the design intent, design basis and configuration baseline of the facility, asset or system (including impact on drawings and design basis documentation).
  • Attend Nuclear Safety Case Review meetings, e.g. HAZOP, review of normal operations, fault identification meetings, and provide follow up information as necessary
  • Support short- and long-term periodic review meetings and requests for information
  • Carry out engineering substantiation in line with the relevant engineering and safety case processes to confirm equipment, structures, systems and components deliver the function claimed
  • Produce through to approval and committee endorsement engineering substantiation reports and check sheets
  • Produce and manage Engineering Schedules in association with the Nuclear Safety Case Managers
  • Provide general engineering advice to the Nuclear Safety Case Team
  • Provide support to commissioning and infrastructure renewals (replacement) tasks
  • Provide support to the Packaging Design team in production and checking of calculations and reports, and general technical advice
Experience Required


  • Engineering graduate (minimum 2:2) from an accredited institution in a relevant mechanical discipline, or equivalent appropriate professional qualification
  • Relevant experience serving in an engineering design capacity with responsibility for the production, checking and approval of design and engineering deliverables including drawings, specifications, calculations, and reports.
  • Broad knowledge of industry consensus standards, processes, procedures and methods relevant to the mechanical areas with a full understanding of underlying principles.
  • Proven experience in the production of high-quality technical reports, specifications and engineering documentation.


  • Accredited by an appropriate professional institution (i.e. Incorporated / Chartered Engineer) or capable of achieving Chartership and working toward that objective.
  • Proven ability to manage own workload against multiple stakeholders and competing priorities.
  • Can demonstrate having the ability to engage with and impact on others and work effectively as part of a wider team.
  • Ability to ensure minimum standards and fundamental process requirements are maintained when under pressure to deliver and ability to challenge others at all levels of the organisation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience in general project management areas, work planning and schedule/programme management.
  • Previous knowledge and experience of lifting appliances, ventilation and mechanical system engineering.
Equality Diversity Inclusion

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, included and able to perform at their best. We are committed to creating a workplace that is diverse and inclusive. We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the communities we support. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from Women, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities, LGBTQ+ and candidates who have a disability.

In promoting equal opportunities, we welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group. 

Additional Benefits
Performance Related Bonus
Closing Date
Employment Type:
Client Ref:
LLWR Repository
CA19 1XP